A Different Kind of Pier Fishing

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Our trip to Kiptopeke State Park was different.  Alvin and I left at 5 am.  It took two hours to get there.  It was a cloudy morning with a slight breeze, and the tide was going out.  I was catching stripers with a speck rig, and Alvin caught his first flounder.  I also caught a puffer fish on the speck rig.  The stripers were different there.  They were long and lean and had a darker color.  They weren’t thick like they are here.  We caught a variety of species.

We fished from 7:15 am to about 9:30 pm.  We do plan to go back sometime in the future and camp along with fishing.  The pier there is different.  It has grass growing on it.  It’s like an island shored up with concrete around it.  They also have several concrete ships moored about 200 yards out in the water to make a reef around one side of the pier.  The fish like it.  At sunset people came out with cameras to capture the sunset behind the concrete ships.    Many were taking photos of a crab that was in the grass.

If you haven’t been there, I recommend that you visit.  You’ll want to stay for longer than just a day.  All we did was fish, but I’m sure there is more to do there.  The Lord blessed us.  It was enjoyable to experience God’s creation in a different place here in Virginia.

Back to Striper Fishing!

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It’s funny that in the Potomac River you can keep stripers from May to December; but in the Virginia waters, there is a summer break.  On the first day of the fall striper season, Johnny invited me out to go fishing.  I’m glad we went.  We caught over our limit but only kept the limit.  The first one Johnny caught was only 20 inches.  We returned it to the river to keep a larger one.  There is one striper out there with my lure in its mouth.  It was pulling drag and was able to cut the line on something on the bottom.  There is a lot of structure on the bottom that seems to hold fish.  They say you’re not fishing if you’re not losing your lures.  After that, I kept my rod up and didn’t play with them until we caught our limit.

We like casting lures because when a large striper strikes, you feel it immediately.  They are great fun to reel in.  Stripers don’t smell like other fish, nor do they have a fishy taste.  I still caught other fish for the cats, but those greedy buggers wanted my two fish, as well.  I’ve posted on Facebook a photo of what a cat will do to a fish carcass and one of the stripers we kept.

I hope everyone has something that they enjoy doing as I do to get out of the world for a while.  It will keep you strong and healthy!  A simple life in Christ is all I desire!

God’s Economy

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I alluded to God’s economy last week; and it you take a look at it, it seems that it will leave you broke.  To give a tenth of your income, which is really God’s, to the first fruit of everything that God has given to you, doesn’t make sense.  But it works, no matter how much income you acquire.  To me, it’s the only economy that works.  My truck was given to the Lord sixteen years ago, and it still runs great and has had no major work done on it.  Plus, God still gives me money to put gas in it!  How God stretches out the remaining money after you return to Him is a mystery.  There were times when he had doubts, but not anymore.  It works!

A lot of things in this world are not fair.  Yes, we live in it, but we are not a part of it.  Things will get even harder, but God has developed our faith in Him.  So we will continue to put Him first.  In the month of September, we received some unexpected money.  My wife said, “That may be needed for something coming up.”  At least we’ll have it, and I want to thank all of those who bought my books.  I never knew that I was a writer or, as some call it, an author.  There’s no telling where these books will go, but they are blessed.